Why Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary Loves Dividends And Won’t Own Stocks That Don’t Pay
By: Steve Schaefer FORBES STAFF
“Boys, you never spend the principal, only the interest.”
That was the message from Kevin O’Leary’s mother as she clipped the coupons on corporate bonds or dragged her sons along to the bank to collect regular dividend checks from the stocks she invested in, and it’s sage advice that remains top of mind today.
O’Leary, who visited Forbes just before the start of the current season of ‘Shark Tank,’ says his whole investment philosophy hearkens back to those lessons from mom, who built up a stunningly successful investment portfolio that was largely a secret until her death. When he reviewed the results after she passed, it turned out her conservative philosophy of buying corporate credit and dividend-paying stocks had outperformed the returns of the broader markets and almost any other strategy he could measure it against.
O’Leary, who made his millions when he sold The Learning Company to Mattel for $3 billion during the dot-com bubble, is also following his mother’s example when it comes to providing for his family. Through a family trust, O’Leary is committed to providing for the children in his family through their education, but at that point the funding dries up leaving each to make their own fortune, as he puts it.
To ensure the long-lived trust will have ample resources to provide for generations though, O’Leary has long sought out investments that can deliver positive returns with less risk than the broader market. With his wealth, the glitzy worlds of hedge funds and private equity could prove tempting, but O’Leary has largely stuck with dividend-paying stocks, inspiring his latest venture — the O’Shares family of ETFs which exclusively invest in dividend payers.
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